Anna Gülcher

Postdoctoral fellow at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, US

I am a computational Earth and planetary scientist with a keen interest in the requirements for a habitable planet. My research focuses on – but is not restricted to – the interior and tectonic processes that shape rocky planets such as Venus and Earth. I strive to integrate observations from space, geophysics, geology, and geo/cosmo-chemistry into a physics-based framework using numerical modelling techniques. I am involved in several space missions dedicated to unravel the mysteries of our neighbouring planet Venus. This includes my roles as a scientific collaborator with NASA‘s VERITAS mission and the Radio Science and Gravity Experiment team for  ESA/NASA‘s EnVision mission

I am further passionate about project management, science communication, and diversity. I have a track record of organisational skills, as well as professional outreach experience. I previously served several roles in Geodynamics Division of the European Geosciences Union and will soon join NASA’s Venus Exploration Analysis Group Steering Committee. I am committed to foster a more open, diverse, and inclusive community for scientists. 

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Outreach articles, science communication, and professional service roles


Women in science/STEM, scientific communities, software, and visualisation

Academic / research experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in planetary sciences | geophysics02.2023 - present

Principal Investigator on research project  dedicated to unravelling the mysteries behind Venus’ tectonics and volcanism, awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. 

  • Postdoctoral researcher in Geophysics10.2022 - 01.2023
  • PhD in Geophysics10.2018 - 10.2022

PhD dissertation: Shaping Earth’s interior evolution through chemical and rheological heterogeneity in the lower mantle

  • MSc. in Earth Sciences | Geophysics09.2016 - 08.2018

MSc thesis: Plume-lithosphere interactions on Venus and the origin of coronae: inferences from 3D thermo-mechanical modelling

  • BSc. in Earth Sciences09.2013 - 07.2016

Dept. of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

BSc thesis: Obtaining a high resolution geomagnetic field intensity curve for the Azores region, the IZZI-Thellier approach


SNF Postdoctoral Fellowship

Swiss National Science Foundation-awarded grantfor a 2-year postdoc fellowship at CalTech/NASA JPL 


EGU Outstanding Presentation Award

Outstanding Student Poster Presentation award at the EGU General Assembly 2019, Geodynamics division 


ETH Zurich MSc. thesis research medaille

Award for the best Master’s thesis in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zürich in 2018


PhD defence celebration

ETH Zurich Excellence Master Scholarship

Excellence Scholarship for my full MSc degree at the Dept. of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich


Molengraaff Research Fonds

TU Delft research fund for carrying out paleomagnetic fieldwork for my BSc thesis research in the Azores


MSc graduation